Market Women, Loches

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 423
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 149 x 80 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.389
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


It was not published.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime. In fact it was never exhibited, as far as is known, before 1931, when Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) showed his impression in Philadelphia (Graphic with a link to impression #K3890103). 7

7: Philadelphia 1931 ( 241).


On 6 April 1891 Whistler sold the first proof of 'Market Women Loches' together with an impression of 'Market Women Turkeys' to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for £6.6.0 and £3.3.0 respectively. 8 Wunderlich's stock books record that 'Market Women Loches' was sold a year later, in 1892 possibly to John Caldwell (fl. 1887-1907). 9 Later the same etching was sold through Knoedler's, and eventually bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), who gave it to the National Gallery of Art in 1943 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3890103).

Meanwhile 'Market Women Turkeys' was probably bought by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3860102). 10

The purchases from Whistler in 1891 and sold by Wunderlich's in 1891/1892 included impressions of 'Market Women Turkeys' and 'Theatre Loches' (Stock no. a 19706) bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3870103) and 'Nocturne Palaces' (Stock no. a 17889), bought by Horatio Greenough Curtis (d. ca 1923), Boston (Graphic with a link to impression #K2020804). Freer also bought an impression of Market Women, Loches from Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) on 12 June 1913 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3890102).

8: Whistler to Wunderlich, 6 April 1891, GUW #13097.

9: Stock number 'a 19694', £5.0.10 after discount, Stockbooks, AAA; Kennedy Notebook, Colby College.

10: Stock no. a 19720, £2.10.5 after discount.